The hearing regions in your brain form new alliances as you try to listen at the cocktail party

The ability to listen to one person while ignoring distracting sounds or voices ever-present in daily-life situations depends on how well the communication between distinct brain regions is tuned for attentive listening. A team of a biomedical engineer, a linguist, and a psychologist at the University of Lübeck have now shown how listening success in such situations comes with a fine-tuned reconfiguration of brain networks.

Original publication
Alavash M, Tune S, Obleser J (2018) Modular reconfiguration of an auditory-control brain network supports adaptive listening behavior. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, online 26. Dezember 2018. DOI: doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1815321116